SAC Kinikki Griffiths


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SAC Griffiths, known to friends as "Griff", died shortly before his 21st birthday when he died in the accident near Camp Bastion on Friday 16th July 2010.
He joined the RAF regiment as a Gunner in February last year, and was based at RAF Honington in Suffolk before being selected as his flight commander's signaller and driver.
SAC Griffiths was carrying out those duties when he was killed, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.
A spokesman for the MoD said the RAF Regiment Gunner was intending to complete pre-parachute selection training on his return to the UK with a view to eventually serving with the Special Forces.
Wing Commander Paul Weaver Smith, Commanding Officer Bastion Force Protection Wing, said: "Kinikki was the consummate professional gunner and, even at this early stage, had much promise; he will be sorely missed by all who knew him in the RAF Regiment. Kinikki was serving his country by protecting a key UK operating base and he died whilst ensuring the security of others and enabling air power. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and girlfriend at this very difficult time."
Squadron Leader David Crook, Officer Commanding 1 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment said he "could not want for a better gunner". He said: "Senior Aircraftman Kinikki Griffiths was a young gunner with huge potential. He loved his job, took pride in his work, and gave his all to every task he was given. But more importantly, Kinikki was an affable, modest and thoughtful young man, who was a pleasure to know, and whom I had the privilege to command."
As Flying Officer Matthew Quinney's signaller, he was a "consummate professional". He said: "He was always positioned next to me on patrols and as such we were close, both on and off duty. At work, he was a consummate professional; always ready to help, and at weekends, we would run the cross country routes around RAF Honington and play football."
Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox said: "My thoughts are with the family and friends of Senior Aircraftman Kinikki Griffiths. He was a dedicated and professional gunner who by all accounts had a promising career in the Armed Forces ahead of him. He died providing essential security for his colleagues on the ground and in the air and his sacrifice will not be forgotten."

Added by: Courtesy of the Daily Telegraph on 29th October 2010.

 

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